The Houston Astros might have a star in their logo, but the organization is virtually bereft of any in its farm system. That showed in Oklahoma City’s series win over Round Rock this week. The RedHawks closed out their first series with the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate with a 3-2 win Thursday night at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
Oklahoma City won three of the four games in the series. The Astros were dead last in the annual Baseball America organizational rankings. They do not own rights to any of the top-50 prospects in professional baseball as rated by mlb.com. Round Rock catcher Jason Castro has heard the talk about rankings. He’s one of the few elite prospects in the Astros organization as a first-round pick out of Stanford in 2008. Castro says the Astros’ future is not as bad as it looks on paper. "I think we have a lot of good guys coming up,” Castro said. "I think, obviously, it was down for a few years, but the class I have come up with is a strong group. "There’s a lot of outfield talent in Double-A. We have a couple of promising pitchers in Jordan Lyles and Ross Seaton that are going to be really good.” So when does that begin to show up? "We’ll see it in the next couple of years,” Castro said.